I used to post a lot on the Ulcerative colitis forum but only a few times here. Turns out that I have microscopic colitis and I can control most symptoms with a strict gluten free and dairy free diet.
Anyways, I went to a new DR last night because I had to get my script of ativan refilled- I could not make apt with my usual Dr. I told her that I had been on ativan for 2 years at 0.5 mg twice a day; I also take 75 mg of wellbutrin twice a day. She did not like this and said there were better meds out there that treat both depression and anxiety but failed to mention any (I asked her a few times). She also said that I need to get off the ativan. I am supposed to take one 0.5 mg tab in the am and then 1/2 of a 0.5 mg tab at night for a week. Then just a whole tab in the am for a week, then half of a tab in the am for a week and then none. I asked her if the withdrawal could be more gradual but she said no. I have an apt with my reg DR in 3 weeks to discuss this.
What are these other meds she is talking about? The one thing in depression meds I want to stay away from are ones that cause diahrrea and nausea because I have enough trouble with that already with my colitis. Also ones that cause sexual side effects are not preferred since I am recently married. Ones with weight gain as a side effect are WELCOME because I wouldnt mind the extra weight.
Also should I be tapering off ativan slower since I have been on it for 2 years? Any suggestions that might help during this period of tapering... any good ways to distract yourself?
Thanks for your help.
March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great